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Inclusive Recreation: Programs for Students with Disabilities

Providing recreational sports opportunities to the Cal community is of paramount importance to our mission – and this includes supporting students, faculty, and staff with disabilities.

Important Update Regarding the Former “No Limits” Program and the Current Fitness and Wellness Opportunity Fund Options

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In May 2019, original grant funding was exhausted for the former “No Limits” specialized personal training program, which provided training at no cost to students. The Berkeley Wellness Fund provided the initial one-year grant funding for “No Limits,” but not for continued operations. Rec Sports was able to continue the program without interruption through a two-year Inclusive Recreation program grant, and later through the Fitness and Wellness Opportunity Fund (FWOF). Specifically, the current program through FWOF enables all students an opportunity to participate in Rec Sports fee-based programs or activities at no cost (which includes personal training sessions for a student with disabilities).

As part of Rec Sports commitment to working with students with disabilities, we submitted a grant proposal on October 4, 2019, to the Wellness Fund Committee for an Inclusive Recreation Program that, if approved and funded, will allow Rec Sports to offer fully covered personal training for disabled students possibly as soon as Spring 2020* (*and note we will also be submitting an identical grant proposal in January to potentially cover as much as the next three years).

In the meantime,  fee offsets will be available until the FWOF funds are depleted. So, please contact us for more information on how to get involved!

In addition to our personalized training, disabled members of the Cal community have access to the following facilities and programs through Inclusive Recreation:

Facilities

  • Adaptive Equipment:  Located throughout the Rec Sports facility are over 25 pieces of adaptive and accessible cardiovascular and strength training equipment.
  • Adaptive Fitness Room: A unique fitness space containing Pilates and other specialized equipment designed to support fitness goals across the full spectrum of ability.
  • Assisted devices:  Assisted devices including transfer boards and assisted grip devices are available for any member to check out at no additional cost.
  • Universal Locker Room: Completed in September 2018, the universal locker is available to all members and offers non-slip flooring and six private, accessible stalls for changing, showering and restrooms. Some of the rooms are large enough to accommodate an assistant.

Programs

  • Goalball: A Paralympic sport for visually impaired athletes that has been played at Rec Sports since 2013. Team practices are held weekly in preparation for local and regional competitions. Students can also participate in the Goalball DCal.
  • CalSTAR Yoga: A yoga class for members with mobility impairments. Students can register to take the class and serve as assistants for the participants. This program has been on campus for over 20 years and is available year round at no additional charge to members.
  • Wheelchair Basketball: A wheelchair basketball program featuring a nationally renowned Paralympian as well as open gym times – a first for the Rec Sports.
  • Inclusive Orientation: Included in all memberships, a general orientation to the RSF focusing on facility access and an introduction to the adaptive fitness spaces, equipment and programs.
  • CalSTAR Membership: Memberships for community members, faculty and staff with disabilities at a significantly reduced price.  Membership may be shared with an assistant at no additional cost.
  • Exercise Classes:  A new Krankcycle arm bike is available in the Cycling Studio making participation in the class more accessible.

For More Information: Please contact Torre Meeks, Inclusive Recreation Coordinator, Torremeeks@berkeley.edu.

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